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Don't Look in the Basement! (1973) - movie overview

Don't Look in the Basement! (1973)

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50%
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58%
(2 reviews)
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DVD Release Date
 R1: Aug 31, 1999
 R2: 25 Jan 2000

MPAA Rating
R

Running Time
1 hour, 29 minutes

Country USA

Studio Hallmark Entertainment

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Other Titles
• Don't Look in the Basement!
• The Forgotten (1973)



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Genre: Horror, Psychos, Prison, Suspense, Cult Classic, Disturbing, Doctor, Mental Illness, Mental Institution

Tagline: To avoid fainting, repeat: "It's only a movie..."

Plot: Nurse Charlotte Beale arrives at the isolated Stephens Sanitarium to work, only to come to the horrifying realization that the asylum is not as it seems, and that Dr. Masters and her patients may not be who they say they are!

The creatively-thinking director of an insane asylum allows several inmates to act out their psychotic delusions. When a new staffer arrives, the murder of the director leads to a full-scale takeover of the institution by its inmates.

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 External Reviews
external linkThere's a few murders, a bunch of really boring dialogue and a big plot twist you can see coming a mile away. While the acting isn't bad and there's some moments of black humour; this slow starting psychological horror is just so damn boring! 1.5/4


external linkFans of "Last House" might like this gritty, sadistic film about what happens in an insane asylum when the shit really hits the fan.
-- (eSplatter.com)

external linkNot much going on here. Don't bother unless you're into flicks with mental patients that eventually turn to killing, but even so, you won't see much of that here. 4/10
--FrighT MasteR (UHM)


 Directed by
S.F. Brownrigg
Scum of the Earth, Don't Open the Door!, Keep My Grave Open
 Written by
Tim Pope
The Crow: City of Angels, The Cure in Orange
 Cast
Bill McGhee
Curse of the Swamp Creature, 1918
Jessie Lee Fulton
The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, The Sugarland Express
Michael Harvey
Encounter with the Unknown
Hugh Feagin
In the Year 2889, Scum of the Earth, Don't Open the Door!
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 Music By
Robert Farrar
Scum of the Earth, Don't Open the Door!, Play Dead

external linkI think that people will either love it or hate it...the people who love it will enjoy it's brand of grindhouse suspense....the people who hate it will probably think that it's unbelievable or too dated, or write it off as just a no-budget piece of shit.Either way, if you surrender to it's faults, "Don't Look in the Basement" is one hell of a good time. 4/5
--The ScareMaker (SlasherPool)



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